Investment Tips - Champagne - 10. March 2021

Best Bollinger R.D. To This Date: Invest In New And Exclusive Champagne

The latest vintage of the most exclusive of all Bond Champagnes is now released, superior quality and minimal production offer potential

Bollinger R.D. 2007 Has Just Been Released

Yesterday, a new and significant chapter was written in the history of the mighty Bollinger. If you ask in the Champagne world, it is a far more important chapter than the premiere of the new James Bond film, which Bollinger is otherwise also associated with. Bollinger has released its 2007 Bollinger R.D., the first since the 2004 vintage in their highly rare and exclusive series of late disgorged prestige cuvées. There are party fireworks in the Champagne world - the hype is huge! If you want to secure your investment in Bollinger's most exclusive flagship, you can do so now and get the following strong features in your investment:

  • Champagne investment with power from both the Bollinger and Bond names
  • Investment in the most exclusive prestige cuvée from one of Champagne's elite producers
  • The 2007 R.D. vintage is the greatest to this date, with sensational results
  • A microscopic quantity in Bollinger's production
  • Attractive pricing compared to 2004 R.D. despite considerable difference in quality

Dig deeper into the case of Bollinger's release of the unique 2007 R.D. and see the price at the end of the article.

Intro To Bollinger + R.D.

The Bollinger Champagne House has roots dating back to 1585 but was first associated with the Bollinger name in 1829, when Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Levieux Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger founded the Renaudin Bollinger House.

Time and evolution went their way, but one of the decisive moments was when a later descendant of Jacques Bollinger, of the same name, married Emily Law de Lauriston Boubers. After her husband's death in 1941, Emily was able to take over the business and even expand it. She became famous for travelling the world promoting Bollinger, and she created much of the reputation on which the house is based today. She became known as Lily Bollinger and is the woman behind some of the most famous Champagne quotes:

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty.” – Lily Bollinger

Bollinger is best known today for its famous vintage Champagne Grande Année, the single plot vineyard Champagne V.V.F (Vieilles Vignes Françaises) and the exclusive late harvest prestige cuvée Bollinger R.D. (Récemment Dégorgé). Although each holds solid investment potential under the right conditions, this is about the brand-new release of the 2007 R.D., the first since the 2004 vintage - a wine the Champagne world has been eagerly waiting for.

Investment In Bollinger R.D. - The Best To This Date Now you have the opportunity to invest in the latest release of Bollinger's R.D.

What Is Disgorging?

Excerpts from the article: The Art Of Champagne Manufacturing

Disgorgement is the process by which the bottle receives its classic Champagne stopper. The purpose of this process is to make the bottle ready for the market with a pure, clear wine and with the desired amount of sugar. First, the precipitate has to be shaken all the way into the neck of the bottle so that it comes out. This was traditionally done by shaking the bottles by hand, but today, of course, it is done by machine. Then the cap is frozen and the cork with the precipitate is pushed out by opening the bottle. The now clear wine, which has the desired bubbles, is then added to the dosage, which determines the degree of sweetness in the finished Champagne.

Finally, the bottle is closed with a classic Champagne stopper and steel wire, after which it is ready for the market. By far the most Champagne falls into the “brut” category, indicating a dry Champagne. The mild sweetness is perfectly balanced by high acidity, which makes the wine appear dry even with up to 12 grams of residual sugar per litre. The vast majority of producers today use 6 - 8 grams of residual sugar as dosage, which gives the style that the market demands.

Greatest R.D. To This Date

With the 2007 vintage, Bollinger only marks the 26th edition of the Bollinger R.D. since the first from the 1952 vintage, meaning that on average, more than 2.5 years have passed between each release of this wine, but a full three years between the 2007 and the previous one. Not only that, but according to the world's leading wine critics, Bollinger has produced the greatest R.D. to this date:

Bollinger RDRJWAVinousAvg.
RJ: Richard Juhlin WA: Wine Advocate VI: Vinous Avg: Average

The high average rating is extremely exciting in itself, but also the fact that the 2007 vintage is the first R.D. to receive 2x 97 points from the main critics. It is also remarkable that Vinous is more enthusiastic about the 2007 vintage than about the 1996, which is otherwise traditionally one of the most legendary Champagne vintages ever.

It is often said that the best producers are found in the weak vintages, and while the 2007 vintage was very challenging for many Champagne houses, Bollinger proved in the finest way that they belong to the absolute elite of Champagne with the 2007 R.D.

Read more in this article about why Champagne in general has an exciting future ahead of it:

Champagne Investments Are Attractive Like Never Before

One Percent Of One Percent - That's How Small The Production Is According To Bollinger R.D. 2007.

As with so many other wines, there is no public information from Bollinger about the exact volume of Champagne produced by the house in each vintage. Nevertheless, a statement made by Bollinger's cellar master Gilles Descôtes to Decanter in 2018 gives an interesting indication of how small R.D.'s production actually is. According to Descôtes, Bollinger accounts for less than 1% of all Champagne produced and R.D. accounts for less than 1% of Bollinger's total production.

A quick search reveals that 300 million bottles of Champagne are supposedly produced per year, which means that Bollinger produces 3 million bottles, which must therefore yield 30,000 bottles of Bollinger R.D. per released vintage.

We retain a bit of healthy scepticism for the above calculation, where total annual Champagne production in particular is an important variable, but Descôtes stands behind his words and they certainly put things into perspective and testify to how exclusive Bollinger's R.D. really is.

How Has The Bollinger R.D. Performed In The Past?

The 2002 Bollinger R.D. is the R.D. we have managed the longest and therefore also the one that provides the most representative picture of the performance of the investment. In June 2017, a 2002 R.D. was at €115 * and was last valued at €135 at the end of January. It has produced a return of +17% or an average annual return of around 6%. This is a result that looks quite promising, with the greatest price increases usually seen as more time has passed, as the wine gradually matures and improves in character, and supply is in fact reduced by current consumption.

Furthermore, you have the option of buying the 2007 R.D. at the same price as what the 2004 vintage currently costs - so you get the best R.D. to this date at the same price as the previous vintage. The lack of price difference between these two wines is simply not sustainable in the long run, so the 2007 vintage seems to be an exceptionally good buy right now.

* Per bottle, without customs, VAT, and tax, in whole boxes and in perfect condition

Rarewine Invest's Opinion

Here you get the opportunity to take part in the latest outstanding release of Champagne from one of the very prominent houses and even their most exclusive prestige cuvée.

The 2007 R.D. has thrilled the critics, who rewarded it with 2 x 97 points, making it the greatest R.D. to this date. The potential is great and if you believe in the exclusive and small productions of Champagne, Bollinger's R.D. is an obvious choice.

The price, which at the moment is the same as a 2004 vintage, is a strong feature in itself and seems unsustainable even in the short term, but also the prospect of both a forthcoming Bond film, which historically generates Bollinger hype, and a future 2008 R.D. will generate important interest around Bollinger and R.D. in the future.

But these qualities are just the icing on the cake, as the great potential lies in the great Bollinger brand, the exclusive character and high level of R.D., and a future where demand for Champagne is expected to only increase.

Invest In 2007 Bollinger R.D.

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2007R.D.750OC6€ 120
* All prices are in EUR excluding custums, duty and VAT on delivery to customs warehouse. Prices inclusive customs, tax and VAT are sent on request. The wines are only sold in whole boxes, unless otherwise stated and the price is per bottle. Minimum order size is € 2,500 and assumes a total portfolio of minimum € 10,000. Prices may have changed since release of this article.

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